Monday 31st July 2006
The rugby season may not kick off for a few more weeks, but some of the Guinness Premiership clubs will be in action this weekend at the Lawrence Hamblin International Sevens which is staged at Henley RFC. The international sevens event, now in its 12th year, is a popular fixture and attracts some of the leading sevens squads on the invitational circuit, including the British Army and Samurai.
Current holders the Cornish Pirates will be back to defend their title on Sunday but face tough competition from the likes of the Marauders, Worcester Warriors and Northampton Saints and of course host side the Henley Hawks.
Terry Sands, team manager of the ULR Samurai team, said, "The Henley Sevens is always a great event in the invitiational sevens circuit. Over the last few years it has grown in popularity and is now extremely competitive with the likes of the British Army - who are fielding two teams this year - as well as the premiership teams who use it as a warm up for the Middlesex Sevens the following weekend. This year the Samurai squad includes some well known faces from the IRB Sevens circuit, including Ali Warnock and Oli Brown who were part of the Scotland Sevens team this year, and the side is being coached by former All Black Sevens captain Owen Scrimgeour."
The draw for the Lawrence Hamblin International Sevens is:
10.00 British Army Reds v Apache
10.20 ULR Samurai v Henley Hawks
10.40 Hartpury College v Voyagers
11.00 Worcester Warriors v Dynamo Moscow
11.20 Scorpions v West Indies Exiles
11.40 Cornish Pirates v Quant Je Puis
12.00 Newbury Blues v Spanish Barbarians
12.20 Northampton Saints v Marauders
Tickets for the day long event will be on sale on the day priced from �15. For more information contact the club on 01491 574499 or visit www.henleyhawks.com